THE main road through Whitchurch was blocked for more than an hour after a heavy goods vehicle became trapped
THE main road through Whitchurch was blocked for more than an hour after a heavy goods vehicle became trapped.
The lorry driver, from Goggins Transport of Liverpool, had driven south along High Street intending to cross the toll bridge to Pangbourne but did not realise that a 7.5 tonne weight limit applied until he arrived at the toll booths.
He could not turn around as there was not enough room and could not reverse because there was a line of traffic behind him.
A member of the public alerted the police, who blocked off High Street near the village entrance and cleared a space behind the lorry. Officers directed the driver backwards along High Street and then into Eastfield Lane. He then turned right out of the lane and drove back out of Whitchurch towards the A4074.
The incident happened on Wednesday morning last week.
Councillor Harry Butterworth, chairman of Whitchurch Parish Council, said the same thing happened at least four or five times a year.
He said: ?It's quite unusual for this to happen to a British driver. Usually it?s someone from overseas who has blindly followed their satnav. Once they?re in Whitchurch, it?s simply not practical to turn around so it takes quite a while to put right.
?In this case the police blocked off High Street right near the top so it was full of cars whose drivers wanted to turn down one of the side streets but couldn't.
?There is an environmental weight limit of 7.5 tonnes in Whitchurch village and drivers should have a map telling them they can?t come through here.
?We would be a lot happier if they stopped doing it because it?s big machinery and it?s not easy to turn round.?